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Adventures of Superman #584

Adventures of Superman #584

Scheduled to arrive in stores: September 13, 2000

Cover date: November 2000

2000 Shield No. 44

Writer: J. M. DeMatteis
Penciller: Patrick Zircher
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.

"Bachelor Party"

Reviewed by: Michael Lum (

Devouris the Conqueror hurtles through space in his ship, heading towards earth to destroy Superman and conquer the planet.

At the Flying Terraza Cafe, Clark, Jimmy, Sam Lane (Lois' father) and a few other guests are gathered together to give Ron his bachelor party. Meanwhile, Lois and a pregnant Lucy talk about Ron and her baby. Lois remembers that Ron is having a bachelor party and instead of sitting around, she gives Bibbo a call.

A glowing green object falls from the sky and Superman arrives on the scene. Upon further investigation, the object begins to mutate and turns into a large green creature. In an alien tongue, it speaks of Devouris and then attacks. Superman strikes back but the creature disappears.

Clark returns to the party and Sam Lane continues to give him a hard time. Luthor then arrives at the same restaurant and interrupts them to congratulate Ron. Sam begins to tell Luthor how he wishes he had married Lois but then Perry arrives and upon seeing Lex he shouts out in anger. Luthor departs and so does Clark after he senses trouble outside.

Energy bolts blast through the streets, but Superman manages to intercept them and faces Devouris. Surprisingly, Devouris is only about a fifth his size and Superman is able to easily subdue him, kicking him back into space.

Back at the party, everyone is starting to have a good time. Bibbo then makes an unexpected arrival, bringing with him a large cake. And, to everyone's surprise, Lois and Lucy jump out of the cake.

Days later, Lucy and Ron leave the alter married with their family behind them. 1Story - 1: In my opinion, this was a very dull story. Most of it was just Ron's bachelor party which came across as very boring and the Devouris the Conqueror business was sort of strange and seemed thrown in to add some lame action. I didn't even find myself wanting to finish reading this book because nothing caught my interest, and the lack of any really interesting events is why this review is so short. It seemed that DeMatteis was trying to be funny, in the dialogue and so forth. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but remember, I said "trying".

3Art - 3: I like Miller's art; it's clean and it works. It's not the best I've ever seen, but I'm happy with it. Not much else to say about it.

1Cover Art - 1: I didn't like this cover at all, it had almost nothing to do with the story. Lord Satanus on the front cover bursting out of the cake, is shown on only one page in the entire book and has nothing to do with the rest of the story. Bibbo saying, "Must be Devil's Food..." is really corny and probably shouldn't have been put in. Although, I do have to give it one point because it was drawn fairly well.

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